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To the Editor: We have made significant progress in the past several years when it comes to reducing tobacco's harm in Minnesota, but the effects of tobacco in our state are still devastating: 625,000 Minnesotans still smoke, 77,000 Minnesota youth use tobacco, and the state loses 5,100 lives each year due to tobacco. That's why I wanted to let you know about a new ad campaign ClearWay Minnesota is launching to remind Minnesotans that tobacco is still a problem.
To the Editor: Rob Meyer (R-E, Nov. 17) brings solid and meaningful commentary to the subject of silica sand mining. The Mississippi River Valley is among the county's the most scenic locations. The 19th century poet Henry David Thoreau said that if one desires to become a poet, you must first spend time on the banks of Lake Pepin. It is not a place to tear open the ground, dig huge open pits, expose the citizenry to silica sand dust, a carcinogen, and waste valuable water.
To the Editor: I read with interest Bob Spielman's letter Nov. 26. Yes, we need to act like adults and to "Get 'r Done." To solve our problems, we first need to put everything on the table. I am talking about our military expenditures. Why leave out something that accounts for up to 56 percent of all expenditures -- wars, weapons, soldiers, nukes, VA costs, etc.? Do you question why military expenditures continue to be untouchable? You should. As a good capitalist you should be asking if you are getting a good return on your investment.
To the Editor: I really liked the story on David Tefft and his service in World War II (R-E, Nov. 17). I knew Dave and we worked together in the VFW in the '60s. He was a very humble man and fun to work with. A crazy thing happened after I moved to North Platte, Neb. I had a 1933 Ford three-window coupe street rod for sale because of a pending move to another city. I got a call and visit from a Gary Tefft in Milwaukee and he soon came and bought the '33 Ford and drove it back to Wisconsin. I mentioned that I knew a David Tefft in Red Wing, and he said that is his dad. Small world.
To the Editor: As I hear about the jobs situations, I can't help but reminisce of my own past job experiences. It was 1970, unemployment in the teens, bag boy jobs, vacuum cleaner sales jobs were even sought after. Two hundred guys were in line for a bag boy job in Kansas City, which I failed to get (damn eggs!). Next, the quest for the elusive vacuum cleaner salesman job. When I was asked at the interview how much I expected to make per hour, I replied, "Three dollars." The interviewer said, "Get out. That's not enough. Next!" Then off to the railroad.
To the Editor: The Red Wing voters have spoken loud and clear. I wonder if City Hall heard the resounding repudiation of their latest effort to squeeze even more millions from the local economy by increasing the sales tax? Yes, they heard. But a trifling referendum will not deter the government expansionists. Taxpayers must be ever vigilant of new and clever tactics that City Hall will devise to achieve their project dreams. Only people who have spent their lives in government could conclude that increasing the cost of shopping in Red Wing would actually expand the local economy.
To the Editor: After reading the three letters to the editor -- John Kjolhaug, Bob Spielman and Winston Kaehler (R-E, Nov. 24) -- it reminds me that we are fortunate to have thoughtful people expressing their views on important issues. Thank you. John O. Hanson Red Wing
To the Editor: Wendell Pittenger, lessee and operator of the Red Wing municipal golf course known as Mississippi National Golf Links, has announced his intention to cease his operation of the public golf course.
To the Editor: Now that the election is over, we all face the most daunting financial problem in the history of this great country -- a growing $16,000,000,000,000 debt. Without a major course correction, the national debt will reach $20,000,000,000,000 in four years. A debt impossible to repay. A debt that will bankrupt this country. This suggests a "Sandy" type disaster in the financial world that will affect every citizen, every pension, every 401K. That is fact whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Independent.
To the Editor: I wish to respond to Dr. David Harris's letter regarding the private lives of public officials. I greatly respect Harris' opinion, but in this case he is wrong to limit the realm of concern because it is a public official's private life. These people are "public" officials which entails responsibility beyond the personal level -- especially for public officials with security clearances. And there is no inherent or personal right to a public or military position with the government.